In 2014, Binc conducted a bookseller survey of the book industry and found that bookstore employees needed more and different services that we had previously offered. In response to that survey, we added a Matching Grants program as well as Homelessness Prevention and Utility Shut-off Prevention programs. Financial grants from those programs have helped many booksellers to stabilize their households and move forward knowing there is a safety net in place for them. So far in 2016, seven booksellers have benefitted from Matching Grants.
A Second Bookseller Survey
With the growth and change of both the bookselling industry and the Foundation, it is again time to hear from booksellers about what they want and need in an organization dedicated to helping them in times of financial hardship. Therefore, we are conducting a second industry survey intended at getting a better understanding of the current needs and experiences of the nation’s booksellers.
The survey will be accessible from September 6 to October 23 and will take about 5-7 minutes to complete. Participants will be eligible to win one of four (4) $50 American Express Gift Cards as a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.
Please Help Spread the Word
Please take a moment to complete the survey to tell us how we can better support bookstore employees and their families in times of financial hardship. Also, please forward the survey to other book industry professionals you know so that they can respond as well. Everyone in the book industry is welcome to provide their feedback and take the survey.
Take the survey today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Binc
Thank you for your input. The results of the survey will be released in January 2017.
The Binc Foundation was established in 2011 with an expanded mission of helping bookstore employees across the country in situations of hardship. At that time, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff decided that three years would be enough time to determine if this newly formed Foundation could be made viable and continue to improve the lives of booksellers. In November of 2014 the Binc Foundation celebrated a successful three years of helping book store employees facing financial emergencies get back on their feet.
Continue reading “Book People Together Ensuring a Lasting Foundation”
Clearly the booksellers who responded to the Marketing Survey want the Foundation to continue and they want to do their part to help Binc thrive. Providing booksellers with simple ways to connect with Binc was a recurring theme. Here are a few suggestions, just click on one to get started.
- Get involved
We know that the best way to engage booksellers in Binc’s mission is with stories of actual cases, putting a human face on the Foundation. To this end we thank grant recipients like Clarey Rudd and Sarah Eschelman for sharing their stories with other booksellers. Leaving a review of Binc on GuideStar is also a great way to connect real people to the assistance Binc provides. If you have a story or a comment, please share it on our GuideStar page.
THE most important service you can perform to further the reach of Binc is to tell every bookseller you know about the Foundation. The majority of our grant applications come to us because a friend or colleague has made a referral.
Increasing awareness of the Foundation to booksellers has been Binc’s focus for the past two years. While good progress has been made, one important lesson we learned from the survey was that there are still plenty of booksellers out there who are not familiar with Binc.
Continue reading “Bringing Binc’s Message to Booksellers”
Over 300 book industry employees took our recent Marketing Survey and shared thoughts, ideas and wishes with Binc. This included a mix of bookstore owners, managers and employees, publishers and publishing company employees, freelancers, librarians, bloggers and others in the industry. Respondents chimed in with suggestions for new programs, ideas for improving communication, questions about donating to Binc, possible partnerships, additional information the Foundation could supply, and more. Once the results were analyzed, three main points stood out.
- While the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has made great strides in getting our message out to the book world, there is still much to be done to improve awareness across the industry. If your store would like to help, please post this “badge” on your website and link it to Binc.
- Booksellers overwhelmingly want Binc to provide relevant programs to booksellers, by continuing what is already in place and adding new programs. Watch our website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages for the announcement of upcoming additions to our current program roster.
- The third big take-away was to provide easy ways for booksellers to donate and get involved, to help continue the work being done by the Foundation. We have posted on our website, the simple procedure for setting up automatic payroll deductions at your store.
Booksellers are in agreement that the current financial assistance program offered by Binc is a necessary safety net for booksellers. A number of interesting suggestions for expanding assistance were presented and Binc spend the next few months reviewing and researching these. The present scholarship program (offering both higher education and professional scholarships) was also seen as having great value. Binc recently announced the award winners for the 2014-15 academic year.
The respondents wondered if Binc could partner with other vendors for things like insurance, discounts, and services. Some are not compatible with our 501(c)3 status, but others hold promise. We will take a look at all of the suggestions and weigh the possibilities.
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